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Lakes & Rivers

A land of rugged forested mountains, scenic lakes, rushing whitewater rapids and cascading waterfalls, South Carolina's Upcountry is a favorite outdoor adventure, family vacation and day-trip destination.

Number one on Southern Living’s Top 40 Things every Southerner should do is raft the Chattooga River. Enjoy guided whitewater rafting and float trips on the “Wild and Scenic” Chattooga, the premier whitewater rafting river in the Eastern US.

If you would rather look at them than ride them, then you are in the right place. South Carolina’s Upcountry features the most beautiful natural waterfalls in the Southeast, including the highest waterfall in Eastern America.

If flat water is more your speed, then you can’t do any better than Lake Jocassee, said to be “one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the nation.” Devils Fork State Park is located along the southwestern shore of Lake Jocassee. This park provides outdoor recreation amid the beauty of the Blue Ridge at the Jocassee Gorges. The park features lakefront camping, hiking, picnicking and vacationing in the park's contemporary mountain villas.

Another great option is Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area. This 1,000-acre park features outstanding rock outcroppings and views of the Foothills and Blue Ridge mountains. A large rental cabin in a wooded area features an upper deck porch overlooking Lake Keowee and a private floating courtesy dock. Other facilities include picnic areas with shelters, a campground, lake fishing and trails.

So you are an angler? Bring your gear. You can fish for rainbow and brown trout, redeye and largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and more in the Upcountry.

The beautiful lakes and scenic rivers of the South Carolina Upcountry make it a premier water sports and world-class hunting and fishing destination. Plus you’ll find charming Old South towns throughout the region where you'll encounter the rich history and culture of America.

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